Executives in residence

Our executive-in-residence and entrepreneur-in-residence initiative is another way we provide students and faculty with access to accomplished business leaders.

Currect Executives

Blair Hagkull, Adviser with Jones Lang LaSalle Canada

Over the past 25 years, Blair Hagkull has played a leading role in some of the world’s largest real estate developments and investments in North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has
developed strategic management expertise and leadership skills in international real estate
advisory, development and investment organizations.

Blair is currently an Advisor to Jones Lang LaSalle (jll.com), a leading global real estate services
organization and has served as International Director and Managing Director of Jones Lang
LaSalle Canada. He is also an Independent Trustee of a private Real Estate Investment Trust.

Blair started his real estate career with Concord Pacific Group (concordpacific.com) and served
as group vice president. During the 1990s Concord was North America’s top master-plan real
estate developer and built Canada’s two largest urban neighborhoods – Concord Pacific Place
on False Creek in Vancouver and CityPlace on the former railway lands in downtown Toronto.

As Emaar Properties’ (emaar.com) General Manager, Marketing and Sales, based in Dubai,
United Arab Emirates, Blair was responsible for Group marketing and sales of a multi-billion
dollar portfolio. His sales team introduced the marketing of freehold real estate in the Arabian
Gulf region.

Blair then established RSP Group, a real estate investment services organization that operated
in more than 20 Middle East and North African countries. Following Jones Lang LaSalle’s
acquisition of RSP, Blair served as founding co-Managing Director, and then Chairman of the
Firm’s market-leading business throughout the Middle East and North Africa.

Blair has participated in many real estate policy forums and has been a frequent commentator
on global real estate and investment trends.

Blair is active in community and corporate groups. He is currently a Director of the Children’s
Health Foundation of Vancouver Island (formerly the Queen Alexandra Children’s Foundation),
a Governor of St. Michael’s University School and a member of the Victoria Golf Club. He is also
a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada where he is currently enrolled in
the Directors Education Program.

Blair has served as a Trustee of the American School of Dubai and Chairman of the Urban Land
Institute, Middle East and Africa. Blair lives in Victoria, BC with his wife Tracey and their two
children, Sarah and Matthew.

Matt Hall

Mr. Hall has recently returned to Canada from Europe, where he had a successful 31-year
career with Nestle, the world's largest food and beverage company. Mr. Hall was managing
director and CEO of the food, coffee and beverages division of Nestle UK and, prior thereto, Mr.
Hall was senior vice-president, global marketing communications and sales at Nestle's global
headquarters in Vevey, Switzerland.

Mr. Hall is currently an associate with London, England based GoodBrand, an international
sustainability and social responsibility consultancy developing strategies and creating programs
to build value for food and beverage industry clients. Mr. Hall is also executive in residence and
a member of the advisory board of the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business at the University
of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia and is a Director with Burcon Nutrascience Corporation,
Burcon is a leader in nutrition, health and wellness in the field of functional, renewable plant

Mr. Hall is a leader in developing and implementing step change marketing, communications
and sales capability initiatives. Mr. Hall has been highly successful in implementing long-term
capability changes that resulted in sustained growth and profit results for Nestle. Most recently,
he initiated and implemented organizational re-designs and new product launches, introduced
leading edge sustainability processes, along with health, wellness and nutrition programs as the
CEO of Nestle UK Food and Beverage.

Stacy Kuiack, BA, MBA, ICD.D, Cert. Carbon Finance

Stacy Kuiack is an executive specializing in corporate finance, business development and
governance. He is a founder or investor in numerous public and private real estate, technology
and retail ventures. Mr. Kuiack has structured, guided and/or closed over $2 billion in equity or
debt investment.

In 2001 Mr. Kuiack was appointed Executive in Residence at the University of
Victoria’s Gustavson School of Business. Mr. Kuiack previously served as a Governor
for Camosun College.

In 2008 Mr. Kuiack was appointed to the board of the Law Society of British
Columbia. Currently Vice-Chair of the Discipline Committee and a member of the Executive
Committee, previously he chaired the Unauthorized Practice Committee, co-chaired the
Discipline Guidelines Task Force, was a key member of the Cloud Computing Working Group,
and served on the Finance, Discipline, and Access to Legal Services Advisory Committees.

A two-time finalist for the E&Y “Top 40 Under 40” Award, Mr. Kuiack was awarded the Business
in Vancouver “Best Boards in BC Award” following the establishment of the Board of Directors
for his first technology start-up, and the Vancouver Sun named him to their “British Columbians
To Watch” list. He holds a BA in Political Science and Economics, a MBA specializing in
Corporate Finance, his ICD.D designation and a Graduate Certificate in Carbon Finance.

Christopher Lawless, former Chief Economist at British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

Chris Lawless is the former chief economist at BCI, the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation. He also served as chief economist with the B.C. Ministry of Finance, with the Library of Parliament’s economic research service, and as an advisor to House of Commons and Senate committees.

Chris has an M.A. in economics from Carleton University in Ottawa, and holds the Certified Business Economist designation from the National Association for Business Economics.

Chris is a director of the Canadian Association for Business Economics and vice-president of the Pacific Northwest Regional Economic Conference. He is a member of various other professional and community boards, including the Border Policy Research Institute at Western Washington University and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Art Mercer, Former CEO of Nisga'a Commercial Group of Companies

One of BC’s top Aboriginal business leaders, Art is the Business faculty’s newest executive-in-residence.

Martin Rissley, retired Royal Caribbean International executive

Martin Rissley, CHA, has spent the past 15 years as a Hotel Director for Royal Caribbean International on the world’s largest cruise ships. He led the ship's spectacular, multi million dollar operations, offering a myriad of world class dining, entertainment options, activities and unique experiences. Serving on seven ships, promoted progressively through the largest cruise ships in the world. The last five years, were spent on the Oasis class carrying more than 6,000 global cruise
guests, and 2,200 multi-national crew members.

Royal Caribbean Experience
“Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. comprises six distinctive companies that share .a common passion for creative thinking, innovative engineering and outstanding guest service.. The entire Royal Caribbean family is committed to the legacy of hospitality and culture of innovation that is at the core of our guest service, the protection of our natural environment and responsible citizenship in our global community.”

Prior to joining Royal Caribbean, for ten years, he was General Manager with Coast Hotels & Resorts properties in Victoria and Kelowna, as well as Executive Assistant Manager in Vancouver.

Coast Hotels and Resorts Experience
"Refreshingly local™ - It’s the differences that make things interesting. Each one of our hotels is as unique as the cities they’re located in, yet they all have something in common: a full-service experience and a host of amenities."

Martin also spent three years with Mandarin Oriental Hotels, in various positions, including two years as an Executive Trainee Manager, in Vancouver.

Mandarin Oriental Hotels Experience
"Our mission is to completely delight and satisfy our guests. We are committed to continual improvement, to making a difference every day and to being the best."

Martin was previously the President of the Hotel Association of Greater Victoria, and sat on the Board of Directors for Tourism Victoria.

Born and raised in the UK, where he started his Hotel Career, he has also worked in Lausanne, Switzerland and Sydney, Australia in various positions.

Alan Winter, retired President and CEO, Genome BC

Dr. Winter has wide experience at senior levels in the technology sector and in government,
including such roles as the President and CEO of Genome BC from 2001 to 2016, the founding
President and CEO of the New Media Innovation Centre in Vancouver, the President of the
ComDev Space Group in Ontario, and the President and CEO of MPR Teltech Ltd. in
Vancouver. During his tenure as CEO, six companies were spun out of MPR, including PMCSierra and Sierra Wireless.

Prior to MPR, Dr. Winter worked for Telesat Canada and the federal Communications Research
Centre in Ottawa, where he was responsible for the satellite-aided search and rescue project
(SARSAT). The international COSPAS/SARSAT system continues to be instrumental in saving
many lives.

Alan Winter is currently a director of Discovery Capital, the BC Business Council and
Geoscience BC, and a member of UBC’s Research and Innovation Council. Dr Winter was a
Trustee of the Providence Health Care Research Institute, and Chair of the BC CDC Foundation
for Population and Public Health. In 2007, he received a Leadership Award from LifeSciences
BC, and in 2017 he received the Don Rix Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was also a
director of over 30 organizations, including Alberta Innovates Technology Futures, Blackbridge
Corporation, Zedi Corporation, and Oceans Network Canada.

On the federal side, he was Chair of the board of the Communications Research Centre (CRC),
Deputy Chair of the Council of Science and Technology Advisors (CSTA), and a member of the
Expert Panel on Research Performance and Science Funding, Council of Canadian Academies.

Dr. Winter is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (FCAE) and a Fellow of the
American Association for the Advancement of Science (FAAAS). He is a Fellow of the
Canadian Astronautics and Space Institute (FCASI) and received their inaugural Alouette team
Award. Dr. Winter received his B.Sc. (Hons) from Queen's University, Belfast; his Ph.D. from
Queen's University, Kingston and was recognized by the Queen's alumni Legacy of

Richard Zwicky, Executive Advisor at Alacrity Foundation

Over the past 25 years, Richard Zwicky has founded and built several Victoria BC based companies. Over the years he built more than one organization into a global leader with operations in Canada, the US, South America, and across Europe. The author of more than a dozen patents, he has developed considerable strategic management expertise and leadership skills across a spectrum of industries.

Currently Richard is an Executive Advisor with responsibility for Global Marketing Strategies with the
Alacrity Foundation, a global business incubator and accelerator program; Chair at Metamend; and also an Executive Advisor with the French Accelerator. In his various roles, he continues to participate in mentoring and helping entrepreneurs develop their ideas, and themselves.

Richard began his career by building a highly profitable chain of retail stores until 1998. Upon exiting, he developed Luggageworld, one of the earliest drop-ship etail operations.

Success with Luggageworld led to the development of online marketing technologies. Demand from other business operators for the technology and supporting services resulted in the founding of Metamend, an online marketing agency, in late 1999. There, he built a multi-million dollar sales funnel and delivered services to many of the best known brands across North America. Metamend continues to thrive today, servicing clients globally.

In 2004 he began work on a series of new technologies that resulted in the creation of new data collection and analysis systems which represented one of the first “Big Data and Cloud Technology Systems.” These led to the creation of Enquisite, the world’s first search analytics company. Between 2006 and late 2010 he raised over $20MM in Venture Capital for Enquisite, and hired a world-class leadership team. Operations were based in San Francisco, with a continued presence in Victoria, as well as NYC, and the UK. During this period he focused on strategic sales partnerships and product development, and the company grew to over 10,000 installs, with clients and partners that included WPP, Omnicom, Publicis, The Tribune Company, Nordstrom, Macy’s, Cheapflights, Salesforce, REI, Travelers Group, and many more.

In 2010 he took an opportunity to exit Enquisite so to spend time with his growing children, and he began providing services to various clients. Work has included developing a sales team to grow a $1MM /month recurring revenue stream, corporate reorganizations, global expansions, strategic business reviews, and reorganizing sales and services delivery teams.

The extensive range of his experience has resulted in numerous articles being published and over 100 engagements as a speaker, panelist, and keynote presenter in English, French, Spanish, as well as moderating sessions in German.

Richard continues to be active in various local organizations, and supports various University of Victoria programs, including ICE and CanAssist.


1. Strengthen the quantity and quality of our partnerships with industry and our broader communities.
2. Give a guest lecture in relevant classes and at select faculty events.
3. Provide career counseling and advice to interested students.
4. Assist in fundraising campaigns and other resource development activities.
5. Be a resource for faculty members for research, teaching and curriculum development.
6. Assist in building partnerships with industry and community through our executive programs office.
7. Ensure curriculum development is synchronous with business world practice.
8. Increase opportunities for co-op education and other experiential elements within the faculty.